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Postby linchao » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:41 am

Now that we are officially into December football Drew Bledsoe Jersey , the NFL playoff picture will be slowly coming together over the next four weeks. There’s no doubt the Patriots will be in the playoffs. And as the (soon-to-be) AFC East champions for the 373rd consecutive season, they will once again be playing a home playoff game at Gillette Stadium. It’s tradition. It just wouldn’t be January in New England without a freezing cold playoff game at Gillette, right?We know that much. We just don’t know where the Patriots will be situated once the regular season is complete. We don’t know where they will wind up on the bracket. In the NFL more than just about any other sport, playoff positioning can be a make-or-break thing for teams.It has also become a Foxborough tradition to have the first week of January off. During the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, the Patriots have relied very heavily on a first round bye. They’ve had it all five times they’ve won the Super Bowl, and most other seasons as well. During the rare occasions when they haven’t had a first round bye, those seasons have always ended in ugly fashion.A first round bye is no guarantee for the Pats this year. They’ve got the upper hand on the Houston Texans, having beaten them on Opening Day. But the Texans are riding a nine-game winning streak, and they are right on New England’s tail. Should Houston win out, chances are they will take home the second seed in the AFC.If the Patriots win out, they’ll wrap up the two-seed and a first round bye without a problem. I just have a strong feeling they have one more loss in them during this regular season. Next week Montee Ball Color Rush Jersey , they play at Miami, and the Pats never, ever play well in South Beach. The following week, they play at Pittsburgh, and that game could legitimately go either way. I think the Patriots will lose one of those two games. Assuming they take care of business at home against the Bills and Jets to end the season, they will still get the two-seed as long as Houston doesn’t win out.And that’s just the beginning. They won’t get the No. 1 seed unless the Kansas City Chiefs collapse, and that seems unlikely at this point. That means the Patriots would still have to travel to Arrowhead Stadium for the AFC Championship Game, and Arrowhead is one of the most difficult places in the NFL to play as a visiting team.This would present big problems for the Patriots. They haven’t had anywhere near the same kind of good fortune in road playoff games as they have in home playoff games. The last time the Pats won a playoff game on the road, it was during the 2006 playoffs when they upset the San Diego Chargers 24-21. That was the same year the Chicago Bears went to the Super Bowl on the shoulders of Rex Grossman.And yes, that actually happened.As we’ve seen in the past, playoff positioning is everything for the Patriots. When they have to go on the road to reach the Super Bowl https://www.patriotsfanstore.com/Malcom-Brown-Jersey , things get very ugly. For reference, just look back at those two AFC Championship Games in Denver in 2013 and 2015. The Pats have a good chance of securing yet another first round bye. But the road to Super Bowl LIII likely won’t go through Foxborough this year, and they will have their work cut out for them when they have to leave the safe and friendly confines of Gillette Stadium.For the first time in years, the Patriots will have the odds stacked against them as they try to push toward yet another Super Bowl. It could have been an easy victory for the New England Patriots, but the best teams hardly ever go down without the fight. The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs certainly are one of them and put up one hell of a battle on Sunday night. Down 24-9 after two quarters, the Chiefs and their high-flying offense came back out of the locker rooms swinging and scored their first touchdown of the contest just three plays into the second half.And so it began: the Patriots, who had been on the other side of developments like this all too often over the past two decades, saw their lead decrease as the mistakes started to pile up. Blown coverages, bad special teams play, and an untimely turnover all allowed Kansas City to take a 33-30 lead – its first since the first quarter – midway through the final period. Suddenly, the pressure was on an New England squad that had applied it all game long.Playing their best 30 minutes of the year Shaq Mason Color Rush Jersey , the Patriots cruised to a two-score halftime lead behind an efficient offense and a big-play defense. But staying comfortably ahead was not in the cards and instead New England was suddenly forced to climb uphill – something the team had struggled with earlier this season: against both the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, the Patriots failed to come back from late-game deficits.In the biggest contest of the year so far, however, New England finally was able to rise above the adversity it faced. The Patriots took a 40-33 lead with just three minutes left in the game, and even after Kansas City’s quick-strike touchdown to tie it yet again remained on course: Tom Brady and the offense drove 65 yards in seven plays to set up Stephen Gostkowski’s game-winning 28-yard field goal.“I think we have a lot of clutch players,” Brady said after the game about New England’s ability to rise up when challenged. “I think we have no problem grinding it out. That’s what the football season’s all about.” The Patriots needed to grind it out against a talented opponent that just would not go away: Kansas City countered every one of New England’s attacks to challenge the team both physically and mentally for 60 minutes.“That was a great job by our players and coaching staff tonight, just battling for 60 minutes,” added Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during his postgame press conference. “They were tough to handle, but in the end we were able to just do a little bit more, do enough. [I am] just really proud of the way we competed tonight all the way through from the opening kickoff to the final kick – it was just great effort.”Along the way, New England found itself in multiple tough spots but found a way to come through. Whether it was a defensive stop late the first half on a Duron Harmon interception LaAdrian Waddle Jersey , or a pair of key third down conversions in the fourth quarter, the Patriots came through when they needed to. But despite their effort and the success it brought along, New England knows that it still has a long way to go.“I don’t think we’ve seen our best,” Brady said following the game. “I think we can all play a lot better, and I think that’s what we plan to do.” But even without playing their best football for a full 60 minutes, the Patriots were able to come away with a victory – which speaks for their mental toughness and overall resiliency. It also speaks for their potential moving forward and a ceiling that has not yet been reached.

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